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Basin Reserve, 1889 (3rd of 4)

Basin Reserve, 1889

The Basin Reserve in Wellington was originally a swamp, but the land rose in the 1855 earthquake and two years later some cricket enthusiasts secured the area as a recreation reserve. It took some time before the ground was ready for cricket, and the first game was played in 1868. A grandstand was also built in that year. For a period the ground was also used for Caledonian games, but cricket took primacy, with the first official first-class match held in 1876. Christopher Aubrey's painting shows a game in progress in 1889.

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Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - Sport in colonial cities', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010